Speakers and Moderators

Dr. Pertti Kauranen is an experienced electrochemist and material scientist who works as materials and business development specialist and project manager at Aalto University, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science. Among others, he manages the CloseLoop project which is co-hosting this workshop. His previous affiliations comprise VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland; SGL Carbon (DE) and Oy Hydrocell Ltd (FI), a start-up metal hydride battery company.

Dr. Etienne Bouyer joined the CEA (the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) at Grenoble in 2004 and served as head of the Processes and Components for Energy Laboratory from 2006-2011, and then adjunct director of the New Technology for Energy Program from 2011 to 2016. He is now acting as European Affairs Officer for the CEA/Liten institute focusing on material resources issues. Prior to that, he was from 1997-2003 research scientist within the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at DLR (German Aerospace Center) in Stuttgart, Germany. Before moving to CEA, Dr. Bouyer spent two years for the SOPREMA group within its R&D Central Laboratory in Strasbourg, France.

He received his Bachelor in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Limoges University (1990) France, M.A.Sc in Material Science & Engineering from both Paris XI/Orsay University and National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (1991) France, and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Sherbrooke University (1997) Canada, respectively.

Dr. Bouyer‘s research centers on inorganic material synthesis and processing mainly directed to new technology for energy applications (hydrogen technologies and renewable energy systems). More recently, the overall topic of material efficiency becomes one of its main subject of interest.


Dr. Andreas Bittner is Head of New Business Development at Fraunhofer ISC. From 2014 to 2017 he built up the Business Unit Energy Materials of Fraunhofer Project Group Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS (part of Fraunhofer ISC) focusing on innovative battery materials, intelligent material compounds and efficient recycling processes. His projects have been nominated for two German Raw Materials Efficiency Awards and received the Bavarian Environmental Award in 2017. His doctoral thesis “Innovative Material Concepts for Electrochemical Energy Storage” was carried out at the Center for Applied Electrochemistry ZfAE (part of Fraunhofer ISC) in cooperation with the Julius-Maximilians University of Würzburg.


Prof Alan Butcher is the research professor in Geomaterials & Applied Mineralogy at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), and has nearly 40 years of experience in the study of minerals, rocks and materials, especially  those geomaterials which have commercial importance. He is specialized in the field of process mineralogy, involving the study of ores and their textures, leading to a better understanding of their mineral processing behaviour, from the earliest exploration stages through to full-scale mining, mineral processing, and eventual closure stages.


Marja Myllysilta holds M.Sc. in environmental technology. She has almost 10 years experience in environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) according to ISO 14040-44 and has conducted footprint assessments in various technology fields e.g electronics and manufacturing both10 in research projects and in customer assignments. She has been responsible for end-user requirement specification for Sulca 5 life cycle asssessment software, a product developed by VTT. Her current research intererest are developing and testing collaborative LCA data collection and results sharing platform, the network LCA.


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Markus A. Reuter

Scientific degree:

Honorary Doctorates (Dr. Eng. h.c.) Uni Stellenbosch South Africa (2017) & Université de Liège (Belgium) (2015), D.Eng. & PhD, Uni. Stellenbosch ZA (1991 & 2006), Dr. habil., RWTH Aachen, D (1995)

Previous Positions:

Chief Executive Technologist, Director Technology Management at Outotec (Ausmelt) Australia & Finland (2006-2015), Mintek: South Africa (1994-1996), Anglo American Corp: South Africa (1984-1985)
Professorships: Professor & Prof Fellow Uni Melbourne, Australia (UoM) (2005 ongoing), Adj. Prof at Aalto University, Finland (Aalto) (2012 ongoing), Guest Prof at Central South University, China (2012-2017), Prof & Emeritus at TU Delft, NL (1996-2012)

Current position:

Director, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, HIF (since 2015)

Recent Research Topic:

Metallurgical Engineering, Recycling, Design for Recycling, System Engineering

H-index: 27 Scopus, 35 Google; Patents >38 in 4 patent families

Some recent publications:

·       M.A. Reuter (2016): Digitalizing the Circular Economy – Circular Economy Engineering defined by the metallurgical Internet of Things-, 2016 TMS EPD Distinguished Lecture, USA, Met. Trans. B, 47(6), 3194-3220.

·       M.A. Reuter, A. van Schaik, J. Gediga (2015): Simulation-based design for resource efficiency of metal production and recycling systems, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 20(5), 671-693.

·       E. Worrell, M.A. Reuter (2014): Handbook of Recycling, Elsevier BV, Amsterdam, 595p.

·       Lead author of the United Nations Environmental Protection (UNEP) Report (2013) “Metal Recycling: Opportunities Limits Infrastructure” http://www.resourcepanel.org/reports/metal-recycling

·       Various patents e.g.: AU2012323996, EP2786083, CN201280059135.4, JP5940166, NZ624378, ZA2014/03448, AU2012304255, CN201280042180.9, JP5775640, ZA2014/01226, KR1616212, U2012276276


Dr. Peter Ylén, D.Sc. (Tech) received his doctoral degree from Helsinki University of Technology (HUT) in the field of system science. His research interests are in research is modelling, simulation, optimization, analysis and re-engineering of technological, social, cognitive and business processes. He has constructed numerous strategic and operative management flight simulators for companies and public organizations – one of these “Product Creation Game” received an Award from the Automation Society of Finland.


Prof. Rodrigo Serna, Since 2015, Prof. Rodrigo Serna has led the Mineral Processing and Recycling group at Aalto University in Finland. His research interests include the understanding of interfacial phenomena in separation technologies, particularly aimed at the processing of metallic raw materials. He is also the project coordinator of two educational initiatives supported by EIT RawMaterials: the Circular Economy Design Forum Master’s course and the Circular Economy Entrepreneurship Doctoral course. Previously, he worked as Research and Development Team Leader in BASF, Germany.


Dr. Sami Majaniemi is a theoretical physicist who currently works as a project manager in the Materials Modeling and Eco-design group of VTT Technical Research Center of Finland. He did his MSc studies in Finland in Tampere University of Technology and his PhD studies in the University of Helsinki. He obtained his PhD from the Helsinki University of Technology. Sami has worked as a researcher and post-doctoral fellow in different universities and research institutes, most notably in Canada and Germany. Sami has also experience from the start-up world and working in the health sector. Before joining VTT, he acted as a ministerial adviser at the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

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